When Barack Obama – the son of a black father and white mother – was elected president in 2008, many hailed it as a monumental step forward for racial reconciliation in the U.S.

But five years into his presidency, is the Obama White House actually making racial tensions worse?

That’s the charge of Russ Vaughn, who posits in an American Thinker commentary that Attorney General Eric Holder’s treatment of the “Knockout Game” phenomenon is revealing the White House’s racial agenda is more concerned with retribution than reconciliation.

“The Obama administration and the Holder Justice Department are deliberately disinclined to prosecute hate crimes where blacks are the perpetrators and whites are the victims,” Vaughn writes. “It is becoming increasingly disturbing that it is not just the Obama administration and the brown-nosed media that have attempted to sweep this new criminal activity under the rug, but [also] local police departments. It’s happening all over the country, and not just in the major urban centers. I call this racialization of the law and criminality the Holder Effect, for it was the relatively new attorney general who famously announced that his Justice Department would side with ‘his people.’

Vaughn’s column alludes to the Knockout Game, a violent trend wherein young thugs deliver unsuspecting victims a single blow to the head in an attempt to “knock out” the target. Dozens of examples in recent months have shown the Knockout Game is particularly popular among black youths targeting white or Jewish victims.

Black mobs routinely terrorize cities across the country, but the media and government are silent. Read the detailed account of rampant racial crime in “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It.”

“Unable to ignore it any longer, [the media] play it down – especially the racial aspects of it,” Vaughn continues, “because that may put our black president, his black attorney general and all those black and liberal white lawyers in Holder’s civil rights division in a bad light because they aren’t investigating what appears to be serial hate crime.

“Which of course is true;” Vaughn writes, “our president is silent on what is a matter of growing public concern primarily among white Americans, who constitute, to date, all but one of the victims of this criminal game.”

As WND reported, Holder’s DOJ actually has acted upon the Knockout Game, bringing up hate-crime charges in only one case: that of Conrad Alvin Barrett of Katy, Texas, a white man who targeted a black victim in December.

The irony of case the wasn’t lost on Vaughn.

“Out of the hundreds of these crimes that have occurred, the first Knockout Game perp to be charged by the Justice Department with a hate crime, and done so with great swiftness, is white,” Vaughn states. “Holder Effect, indeed.”

Allen West, the black former congressman from Florida, also noticed the irony and similarly suggested the charges (and previous lack thereof) reflect Holder holds a racially charged political agenda.

“I am glad the U.S. Department of Justice has finally stepped forward, but it begs the question, what took so long?” West asks on his blog. “Does Eric Holder’s inaction regarding previous crimes involving blacks attacking whites actually reflect his own hate crime?”

West continues, “The real question behind the decision to prosecute Mr. Barrett is not his actions, but rather the perception of an even more heinous double standard emanating from the Obama administration’s Department of Justice under Eric Holder – sure seems like it’s being used as a platform for the progressive socialist version of social justice.”

With the media’s help?

Vaughn’s column also charges the nation’s mainstream media with deliberately “burying” the racial overtones of the Knockout Game because they contradict the narrative of racial progress trumpeted upon Obama’s election.

“In spite of the best efforts of the liberal media to first suppress news reports about the Knockout Game phenomenon, and then, when that failed, to poo-poo the idea that any such thing as this violent and obviously race-based crime even existed, the truth will out,” Vaughn writes. “Thanks to the Internet, the liberal elites who censor the output of the major news organizations can no longer cover up events that fail to depict contemporary life as they wish it to be.”

He continues, “This inability to totally control the dissemination of news now causes the media establishment to put even more than their normal amount of spin on their output when they are forced to cover an issue or risk looking foolish for the outright denial of an ongoing crime wave that everyone knows is growing. For instance, when they are forced to cover this offense, they still will not use the actual name of Polar Bear Hunting because of its all too obvious racial implications.”

No one has done more than Colin Flaherty, author of “White Girl Bleed A Lot,” to document both the rise of racial violence in the U.S. as well as the media’s persistent campaign to underreport its severity.

“I have uncovered hundreds of recent examples of black mobs and black teens taking violent actions toward specifically white targets. There can be little doubt there is a racial motivation behind these crimes,” Flaherty told WND, upon news of hate-crime charges brought against Barrett. “Where have Obama and his DOJ been until now?

“White people don’t have a monopoly on hate,” Flaherty continued, “and it smacks of some alternate agenda for this administration to ignore scores of black hate crimes until a white hate crime is found to finally pounce upon.”

Flaherty suggested that “agenda” may be to keep the state of racial tensions in the U.S. under wraps.

“For years, there has been an effort to scrub news stories about these crimes of any details about the assailant’s race,” he explained. “The press has been so determined to avoid any mention of violence among blacks, that it has created a false narrative that it’s only ‘youths’ committing these crimes. I have to wonder if the administration didn’t deliberately seize upon this case, knowing the publicity would further the narrative there’s no problem with black violence in America, just random violence.”

As WND reported, some lawmakers in New York are fighting back against the Knockout Game, proposing it be made a felony and calling on President Obama and Attorney General Holder to respond.

After years of establishment media silence about the Knockout Game, several attacks in New York City pushed the vicious pastime into the national media spotlight. However, the damage from the game was evident years ago. As early as July 2011, the American Thinker featured an article on the Knockout Game.

The media is slowly starting to acknowledge that the attacks are a form of racial violence. A New York City CBS outlet reports:

There have been seven so-called “knockout” or “polar bear” assaults in the Crown Heights and Midwood sections of Brooklyn. … The alternate name “polar bearing” comes from the fact that the victims are white.

In the Huffington Post, Al Sharpton wrote that the attacks are racist:

These kids are targeting innocent people, and in many cases specifically targeting Jewish folks. We would not be silent if it were the other way around, and we will not be silent now. This behavior is racist, period.

Black mobs routinely terrorize cities across the country, but the media and government are silent. Read the detailed account of rampant racial crime in “White Girl Bleed A Lot: The Return of Racial Violence to America and How the Media Ignore It.”

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